The Diary of A Young Girl

The Diary of A Young Girl

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Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. 

In 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, the Franks and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and surprisingly humorous, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

Praise for The Diary of a Young Girl

“A truly remarkable book.”The New York Times

“One of the most moving personal documents to come out of World War II.”The Philadelphia Inquirer

“There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl, a testament to an indestructible nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil.”Chicago Tribune

“The single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust . . . remains astonishing and excruciating.”The New York Times Book Review

“How brilliantly Anne Frank captures the self-conscious alienation and naïve self-absorption of adolescence.”Newsday
This guide is organized to help readers understand and reflect on Anne Frank's diary. Background information, time lines, and the glossary provide historical context for the years of Anne's life and are designed to place her diary within the framework of the events taking place during World War II and the Holocaust. Special details have been included to highlight the twenty-five month period during which Anne and her family hid in the Secret Annex, as well as the aftermath. The study questions for students are arranged in three parts. The first set of questions relates to facets contributing to Anne's personal identity. The second set of questions examines the relationship of Anne to the world outside the Annex. The final set of questions considers the ongoing issues that Anne raised in her diary over fifty years ago. For additional educational materials, including teacher's notes and activities, please contact the Anne Frank Center USA, 584 Broadway, Suite 408, New York, NY, 10012.

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The autobiographical reminiscences of a young Jewish girl coming of age during World War II describes her life in hiding from the Nazis and offers a poignant study of the tragedy of the Holocaust. Reprint.

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A young girl's journal records her family's struggles during two years of hiding from the Nazis in war-torn Holland.
A young girl's journal records two years of hiding from the Nazis

Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1952
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553296983
0553296981
9781448731374
Characteristics: 285 p. illus. 20 cm

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russellsprouts
Oct 07, 2018

Personally I didn't like this book I found it was quite boring and slow, but for some people this book will be a really good read.
Guess it's just not the right kind of book for me.

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Linyarai
Mar 28, 2018

I read this for the "a historical non-fiction book" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I think I enjoyed it more now than I did when I read it in school, Anne's diary is a terrific reflection of all girls growing up, and the additional trials of living in close quarters with other people.

i like what I've been reading about. It's about world war two, describing how a young girl hiding in a secret room, trying to not let the Nazi found them before the war ends.

Yolanda, 10

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 03, 2017

Anne Frank tells the autobiographical tale of a young Jew living during the Holocaust time period: in the words of her own diary. Stunningly real and true, Anne is forced to move into a secret passage alongside another family in hiding from the Nazis. “Secret Annex” is what the hideaway is called, where Anne spends most of her years and writes in her diary of the travails and all the happy moments in that Annex. The most appeasing part of this book is that it is a play by play diary that highlights all the good and bad times she experienced, and in such a manner that you feel for the real Anne Frank and it seems as though you know her well. The beginning pages show memorabilia such as photos of herself and transcripts she scribes that are a nice accompaniment. There may be times, however, when you lose interest in some parts of her entries, but that is only part of the splendor that she was not writing a novella that she planned on publishing; rather a story of her life. Rating 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Gensc
Dec 31, 2016

Is this an amazing work of literature? No, clearly not but that's ok. It tells the important story of Franks and Van Daans during their time in hiding. It was not a book I enjoyed reading (partially because it is a a diary and partially because I already knew the fate of the author) and often found myself forcing myself to read it, but I am glad I did. It was a good complement to visiting Auschwitz and the Anne Frank house earlier this year.

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alicat1
Sep 11, 2016

Anne wished to become a writer. She did, and left a legacy that has educated millions. This work is an important read.

ehbooklover Feb 01, 2015

I have been to the Anne Frank House and I'm not ashamed to say that it brought me to tears. Seeing her posters still on the walls of the Secret Annex was especially emotional. This diary is a testament to the spirit and courage Anne showed despite extremely heartbreaking and frightening circumstances. A must read.

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IRFAN123
May 02, 2014

OH MY GOD REALLY

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theotherjose
May 02, 2014

Review:

http://theotherjose.tumblr.com/post/68713093509/book-of-the-week-8

Don’t get me wrong here, the story is amazing, I just don’t find the book all that great. I felt as if this book was a lot like unwanted homework, I just wanted to finish reading it and get it over with. Even though I didn’t really appreciate the book, I did appreciate the amazing story of Anne Frank. If you ever find yourself reading this book, and it feels like unwanted homework, just skip to the end to read about her life. Her summarized life story is a much easier and better read. I only recommend reading this book if you wish to go more in depth into the life of Anne Frank.

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CAROWOZFAN
Sep 22, 2013

This book is a work of art! It is amazing... a book that simply must be read!

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joslynquick
Jun 27, 2018

I simply can’t imagine the world will ever be normal again for us. I do talk about “after the war”, but it’s as if I were talking about a castle in the air, something that can never come true.

daydreamer6O4 Dec 19, 2016

“I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”

Laura_X Feb 05, 2016

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.

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Apr 25, 2011

"At such moments I don't think about all the misery, but about the beauty that still remains..."

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Mar 27, 2011

What's done cannot be undone, but at least you can keep it from happening again. - Anne Frank

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Mar 27, 2011

"The best remedy for those who are frightenend, lonely or unhappy is to go outisde, somewhere they can be alone with the sky, nature and God. For then and only then can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature's beauty and simplicity...as long as this exists, I know there will be solace for every sorrow. - Anne Frank

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The 2 years in hiding of Anne Frank.

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